Onwards 2020 – in a overview


Good riddance. 2020 is over. The 12 months had handed in such a weird manner that nobody had ever skilled earlier than in our lifetime. The world pandemic wave forces us to alter our plans and the way we reside our lives. Activities and occasions had been delivered to a halt as we discovered how one can reside within the new norm. 

Despite all these, we survived the 12 months! No doubt it wasn’t straightforward, nonetheless slowly and steadily we steered by the 12 months, and immediately it’s over!

So identical to everybody, I assumed 2020 was THE YEAR the place I obtain nice issues (I imply, hypothetically. :p). Covid-19 destroyed my “great plans”. However, not all was gray as a result of there’s a silver lining behind the gloomy clouds. 

Just like all different years, I’m going to recap on my earlier 12 months.

Checking out of 2020

Concluding 2020

Adaptability was what bought me by the 12 months. At the start of the 12 months, tourism was nonetheless trying vivid and cheery. I knew I may make the 12 months work as I proceed to hone my storytelling and tour guiding expertise. When the primary Covid-19 case hit our shore, issues took a flip for the more severe. All of a sudden, we, the vacationer guides, confronted many excursions cancellations and postponements.

One of the previous few excursions earlier than Covid-19 stopped our tourism. Yes, with a beer and look at.

We had been all hoping that it was not as extreme or just like SARS, the place the tourism sector took successful for 6-9 months and recovered shortly. Shit grew to become actual when Singapore entered our model of lockdown (aka circuit breaker) the place I suffered a 100% lack of earnings.

All non-essential retailers shutted down throughout Circuit Breaker.

Knowing the virus’s seriousness to our financial system that had impacted many sectors deeply, Singapore’s authorities swiftly reacted because it launched Covid-19 aid. Also, I used to be in a position to qualify for the Self-Employed Income Relief Scheme (SIRS). Apart from these financial handouts, it rolled out Covid-19 associated jobs to maintain our unemployment fee from taking pictures up. With that, I jumped on the likelihood to be on board as a Covid-19 important frontliner.


As we entered the Circuit Breaker, I began as a Safe Distancing Ambassador (SDA). Yes, I used to be a kind of pesky individuals your pleasant ambassador serving my function to remind everybody to maintain 1-metre protected distancing between teams of 5 and making certain that you just put on your masks always when not ingesting or consuming. I used to be secretly completely happy to be out and about when everybody was inspired to remain dwelling primarily as a result of I can not sit nonetheless for days and weeks. I imply I can laze there and do nothing, however do I need to be within the state? Nah, not likely.

As we entered Phase 2, individuals may mingle in teams of 5 and extra individuals had been out socialising, the significance and that means of the function diminished. That was after I transfer onto the following part alongside the Covid-19 frontliner path.

I signed as much as be a Swab Assistant and later bought upgraded to be a Swabber. It basically means I get to swab individuals’s secretion pattern to be delivered to the lab to get examined for coronavirus. The most difficult a part of the job was the donning of full PPE, which might trigger fatigue, particularly in our local weather. I’m a individuals’s particular person as a result of I benefit from the temporary interactions with the individuals as I typically drive lame jokes onto them. HAHAHA.

Local tourism is a reasonably international idea to Singaporeans as a result of travelling from one finish to the opposite finish takes 2 hours, and most would usually suppose they know this nation they’ve been dwelling in for years. 

Singapore Tourism Board pushes the #SingapoRediscovers marketing campaign to spice up our bleak tourism market as Singaporeans began to make use of their SingapoRediscover Vouchers to discover Singapore! 

At the tail-end of December, I’ve some alternatives to conduct bodily excursions. It felt good to be again guiding once more. Juggling freelance gigs might be tiring due to the hours and days of preparations and brainstorming, but it surely was all worthwhile. It was additionally an affirmation that that is the place I need to belong.

One of the final excursions of 2020.


So, I assumed I had all of it deliberate out. The journey plan I used to be most trying ahead to was to embark on a Camino de Santiago journey and in addition to go to mates round Spain and probably in different elements of Europe. 

There was additionally a deliberate vacation to Cambodia in March, which I cancelled primarily as a monetary transfer. Besides, the coronavirus outbreak was travelling even quicker than the information. Not sensible. 

The vacation to South Africa with my ex-colleagues-turned-friends in January grew to become my solely journey of 2020! I remembered that we met a mom and son from Shanghai, China throughout our tour of Johanessburg. They talked about that they had been in South Africa to flee the Chinese New Year and the Wuhan virus. Back then, the virus sounded to date and international that we paid little consideration to it. I’m relieved we made it for the journey collectively as a result of the planning passed off 6-7 months prior and powered us by circumstances. 

Despite being confined in Singapore, the explorations by no means cease. I assume that is what that’s fuelling my wanderlust. 


2020 was the 12 months I had been most energetic in relationship. I’m attributing that to the dearth of journey and interplay with individuals drove me to extend my on-line relationship app frequency utilization. 

That mentioned, this was the 12 months I skilled my worst date ever, and I had a few fairly good ones too. 

The worst date urged an unusual venue and to not point out inconvenient when accessing by public transport. It was an ethereal & spacious backyard subsequent to a restaurant throughout time for supper. Throughout the 1.5 hours, as a substitute of grabbing drinks or snacks on the institution subsequent door, we sat on the park and chatted n the backyard because the wind began to get chilling when the sky turned darkish. I used to be in exasperation after I bought requested what my five-year plan is! It felt like I went on a no-budget interview, and I went dwelling hungry. 


Technology helped to carry me nearer to my mates amidst the worldwide lockdown in Q2. I linked with mates dwelling in Singapore and abroad checking on each other. Instead of counting on information media coverages, I learnt first hand about conditions abroad.

Sometimes I can go on for months with out assembly my teams of mates in Singapore, and through the Circuit Breaker, we had been in a position to organise just a few digital recreation nights which made the entire lockdown a lot bearable. 

Everyone was tremendous psyched when part 2 rolled round after we can lastly meet up with each other! The human contact and face-to-face interplay is one thing that know-how can by no means change. Things we used to take without any consideration immediately grew to become so treasured as we frolicked collectively. 

One of the primary few gatherings after we moved on from Circuit Breaker.


I had remained in pink of well being in 2020 though I haven’t completed a full physique check-up but to establish that! When I begin to put my well being as my high precedence, I realised I’ve stopped falling sick. It is named self-care! 

On the opposite hand, my physique began to indicate indicators lengthen compromises completed none aside from my doings. My plantar fasciitis situation led me to hunt therapy because it was affecting my day-to-day life. There additionally got here the purpose that I even needed to cease working for ten weeks only for my irritation to go away. These days, I’m sporting podiatrist-approved sneakers to permit the situation to enhance. There are days the place my heels would ache like mad however different days extra manageable. I’m studying how to deal with it.

Two weeks earlier than we ended 2020, I’ve developed an atrocious eye an infection which prompted my left eye to be purple, delicate, teary & swollen. It appears that I’ve maxed out my lifespan of sporting contact lenses. Thankfully, I don’t suppose it’s too alarming the second. I’m at present on antibiotics and sporting my glasses on a physician’s order. 

Getting energetic

I used to be actively practising yoga and went out for runs each different day in Q2 as a result of that was the one time I may exit to get some contemporary air with out sporting a masks. It was in all probability the fittest time of the 12 months for me.

I remorse to say that the fixed state of being fatigue took away my will to train over the past two months of the 12 months. During my days off, I’ll both be busy with different engagements or I will probably be repaying my sleep debt accompanied with the occasional laziness.

Environmental mindfulness

Last 12 months, I promised myself to make conscientious decisions regardless of how small one particular person’s effort might be in the direction of the surroundings. 

First, I bought my collapsible Stojo mug and collapsible meals container. I even packed my very own full set of cutlery for eating outdoors to cut back the usage of disposables. . Then I began utilizing silicone meals storage baggage as a substitute of these plastic sandwich baggage. I used to be doing an awesome job if I dare say so myself. 

With all the great karma factors I collected, my present work habits offset them as a consequence of my job nature. We at all times have baggage of trash to stop contamination and compromise on everyone’s well being. Our meals got here in disposable containers, and the leftovers get thrown away. I’ve closed my eyes on this matter for these are unavoidable, so I concurred. 

3 issues I’m grateful for

  • My island dwelling, Singapore

Despite the journey restrictions, I’m grateful to be dwelling right here through the pandemic, realizing that the virus is below management and most of us are law-abiding with regards to obeying the Covid-19 guidelines.

  • Job transition with adaptability

Even although there are not any vacationers coming into Singapore and God is aware of when our tourism sector will recuperate, I’m grateful that I may transit into different jobs and remains to be in a position to pay my payments. 

Health is the largest asset, and I’m grateful for this. 

In conclusion

2020, I had misplaced myself within the rabbit holes of watching infinite reveals, enjoying cellular video games and the world of social media. I may have higher spent on studying, writing and even taking over courses. However, I cannot be too arduous on myself as a result of I reasoned that I used to be working for many of the months, so I deserve a few of these breaks. 

One of the duties I got down to do for the 12 months is to proceed studying Spanish. Thus, I’ve signed up for my on-line course and eventually making progress! At least one factor off my listing! 

All in all, the 12 months was all about surviving. I’m glad I did, and also you too! We deserve a pat on our shoulders! 


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